[vpci] Re: BS contest category

  • From: Moody <572fast@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:50:38 -0500

I know it's a little late now, but next spring let's do a program on
wildflower photography with a field trip.  I really enjoyed the one at the
Aransas club.  The speaker was from Cuero.  We could ask her or have some of
our own members do the talk.  Another good field trip would be to the
birding places in the Port Aransas area - there are about 3 or 4 that would
be good to visit.  Maybe we could get a program on bird identification and a
program on technique for photographing.  Another program would be on how to
do studio portraits cheaply - i.e. not a lot of expensive equipment and what
makes good lighting.  MGM

Charles Gossett writes:

Well, how about we email in what we would like to learn, and suggestions for 
the monthly programs.Then, if someone feels knowledgeable in an area, she/he 
could do a program on it. My favorite so far was Colton's bird blind program. 
This was something that I was not interested in at all,but after the program, I 
couldn't wait to give it a try. I personally don't think we need any more 
categories, but one can always present ideas to the board.Charles From: 
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:41:35 -0500

The club might want to consider something different.

I joined the club to learn about photography and to obtain a few more friends.

The friends part has been greater than expected, but the learning has been 
pretty slow.

I have attended 3 meetings and only one has had something other than judging 

Why do we need to see photographs twice in a meeting?  Is it possible to judge 
them prior to the meeting and then display the scoring during the meeting.  
This will save about an hour and we can use this time to have additional 

This would also allow us to add additional categories which has been discussed 
all day.

The club appears to be growing and we need to provide room for growth and 
diverse interests.

Brent Ortego

From: markoberle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:01:14 -0500

Well said Bill...I learned the hard way...never ever say it looks just like you.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Leur
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 3:52 PM
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category

I need help taking pictures of people.  I feel like they expect some type of 
magic.  At least when I take a picture of a building its not hanging over my 
shoulder wanting to see what it looks like.

From: Mark Oberle <markoberle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:48 AM
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category


Don't be sad...just put those 'people/portrait' in the 'open' category.

You, Charles and Ben should put together a 'people/portrait' workshop...or 
maybe a series of workshops...you might generate a whole new interest in the 


----- Original Message -----
From: Tippi Van Doren
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:58 PM
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category

:-( I'm sad but I'm sure I'll get over it.

Tippi Van Doren

From: Fain Zimmerman <fain.zimmerman@xxxxxxxxx>
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, April 23, 2012 5:13:16 PM
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category

Several people at different times have suggested other/additional categories based 
on what they enjoy the most. However, adding more categories entails also adding a 
lot more time to the judging & that is mainly why we haven't done it.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM, Tippi Van Doren <flippytippi@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

It would be nice if we had a category for People/Portrait.

Tippi Van Doren

From: Roger Zimmerman <rogerzimmerman1@xxxxxxxxx>
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, April 23, 2012 5:03:14 PM

Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category

Hi All,

I highlighted in red two statements that conflict each other.  Need to make 


From: vpci-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:vpci-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Tippi Van Doren
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 4:31 PM
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category

Hi Mike,

I am also somewhat new to the club and still learning the laws of the land. At the last meeting I 
brought a picture for "Landscape" and Dave told me, "Tippi, there is no landscape 
category". I was in such a hurry to get to the meeting that I just grabbed whatever photos I had 
already printed and quickly wrote my name , level & category on them without checking the website 
first. Just shows that I'm still learning too.

Here's the information you want: (You can also find this information here 
http://www.victoriaphotographyclub.com/member-rank-status.asp )

Montly Competition Rules: (revised December, 2011)
Each month, except August and December, we have a member photo competition 
during our meetings. The competition will be in either print format or digital. 
See our meeting schedule.
1. Members in good standing may submit one Digital Image or Print in each 
2. New members may compete in either beginner or advanced classification, based on 
their judgment of experience level. Once a person’s print or image is entered 
in competition that person shall remain at that level and progress from there.
There are 5 division levels. All members will begin in the Level 1 Division. 
Point accumulation for each level begins at zero and does not carry over from 
one level to the next.
Points required to advance:
Level 1 -  50 pts
Level 2 -  50 pts
Level 3 -  75 pts
Level 4 - 100 pts
Level 5 - 100 pts

1. Five (5) club print competitions will be held each year.
2. Prints which have earned points in previous club competitions are not 
eligible for entry in future club monthly competitions.
3. A print may be entered in Open, Nature, Creative, or Assignment regardless 
of the print media.
4. Print corrections and manipulations are allowed.
5. Prints must be entered before the start of the meeting.
6. All prints entered must be suitable for viewing by all age groups.
7. All work shall be submitted in the name of the photographer who did the work.
8. All prints submitted for club competition:
a. must be un-framed
b. may be any size up to 8” x 12” format.
c. must be attached to an 11” x 14” matte and/or attached to a 11” x 14” stiff 
d. must have the photographer’s name, the photographer’s division, and the 
photograph’s category labeled on the back of the entry.

1. Five (5) club Digital Image competitions will be held each year.
2. Digital images which have earned points in previous club competitions are 
not eligible for entry in future club monthly competitions.
3. Digital image corrections and manipulations are allowed.
4. All Digital images entered shall be suitable for viewing by all age groups.
5. All work shall be submitted in the name of the photographer who did the work.
6. All digital images submitted for club competition must follow these 
7. File Size Requirements
a. Pixel Dimensions: The value for the longest dimension will be no longer than 
1024 pixels on the longest side x 768 pixels on the shortest side.
b. Use the following standard File Naming Format: “Division”, ”Underscore”, “Category”, ”Underscore”, “First Name 
and Last Name” , ”Underscore”, “other personal information (such as your image number) if desired” .jpg Omit the last underscore if no 
personal information is desired.
c. The “Division” and “Category” abbreviations must be in UPPER CASE, and the 
member’s name and optional personal information must be in lower case.
        Example: L4_NA_CliffBarbour_4376.jpg
This is the only file naming formats that will be accepted.
e. Category Abbreviations:
NA – Nature
OP – Open
CR – Creative
AS – Assignment
f. Photographer Division Abbreviations
Level 1 – L1
Level 2 – L2
Level 3 – L3
Level 4 – L4
Level 5 – L5
g. Submitting Files
1. Deadline – images must be received by the Tuesday prior to competition.
2. Email files as an attachment to:
3. The subject line of the email should include the word: competition – 
followed by your name.
        Example: competition – Cliff Barbour
4. NEED HELP? If you need help resizing your images, please indicate your 
wishes in the body of your email. Otherwise no other adjustments will be made.
5. A CD with files labeled as per Sections a-f may be mailed to Cliff Barbour, 
207 Berwick, Victoria, TX 77904. CDs will be returned at the meeting in which 
the photos are entered.
6. Label CD with your “Name”, “Date of Competition”, and “Number of files on 
7. Files, (email or CD) received after the Tuesday prior to competition will be 
held over for the next digital competition.

1. Nature (NA):
a. Nature in all its forms, including the many facets of botany, geology, 
zoology, meteorology, and astronomy.
b. Subjects may include all natural forms of life free and unrestrained in a 
natural or adopted habitat.
c. Human elements are not allowed. Elements that depict cultivated plants, 
museum pieces, mounted specimens, domestic animals or pets, or similar subjects 
are not eligible for competition in the Nature Category.
d. Images in which humans are present or images that show evidence that human activity has 
taken place are ineligible for Nature Category competition. Such images are said to show 
“the hand of man”.
e. Landscapes, seascapes, and skies may be included in the Nature Category if they do not 
show “the hand of man.”
f. Images that are not eligible for the Nature category may be exhibited in the 
Open Category.
2. Open (OP):
a. The Open Category may include any subject matter EXCEPT subjects that are 
required to be shown in the Nature Category. Where images contain wildlife such 
as birds, animals, insects, etc. as elements of the over-all image, those 
elements must be less than approximately 1/3 of the frame in size to be 
included in the Open Category.
b. Wild flowers may be entered in either Nature or Open categories. A 
wildflower is a flower that grows wild and uncultivated, meaning it is not 
intentionally seeded or planted.
c. Cultivated flowers and plants must be entered in Open Category.
d. Landscapes, seascapes, and skies may be included in the Open Category
e. Digital Images or prints which are not acceptable in the Nature Category may 
be entered in the Open Category.
3. Creative (CR):
a. The Creative Category includes images that have been obviously manipulated to present 
“altered or artistic reality” (i.e. obvious distortion of color or shape; use 
of electronic filters to significantly transform the original image for artistic effect).
4. Assignments (AS):
a. Members are encouraged to submit digital images and prints taken 
specifically for the club assignment.
b. The list of assignments will be included in the club annual calendar of 
events that will be distributed by the regular club meeting held in January.
c. All Photographer Divisions will compete against one another in this category.

1. Judges will be selected on the night of the competition from the membership.
2. Members may serve as judges for monthly competition after they have observed 
or competed in monthly competitions for a minimum of 3 months.
3. Every member will be given the opportunity to judge.
4. Six judges will be selected.
5. Each of the six judges will award one (1) to ten (10) point value for each 
slide or print entered.
a. Perfect = 10
b. Above average = 8
c. Average = 6
d. Below average = 4
e. Poor = 2
6. A recorder and a scorekeeper will tally, record and announce the results to 
the membership.
7. Winning digital images or prints:
a. The digital images or prints with the highest number of points in each 
category will be awarded first place and receive 3 points.
b. The digital images or prints with the second highest number of points in 
each category will be awarded second place and receive 2 points.
c. The digital images or prints with the third highest number of points in each 
category will be awarded third place and receive 1 point.
d. The digital images or prints with the fourth highest number of points in 
each category will receive honorable mention. No points are awarded for 
honorable mention.
8. Point records:
a. Point records shall be kept for three years.
b. Points shall be posted on the Club’s web site.
c. Members who rejoin after three years shall be considered as a new member.
d. Original point sheets from club meetings shall be kept for one year. Any 
member with a discrepancy shall notify the Secretary immediately upon discovery.

1. The monthly competition shall consist of both print and digital formats.
2. The President shall appoint a chairperson for the next year by November 
meeting of the current year.
3. The chairperson shall serve one-year terms and may be re-appointed.
4. The chairperson shall appoint a committee to be responsible for annually 
reviewing, updating, and implementing the rules for this competition.
5. The chairperson shall appoint a judging coordinator to manage the judging of 
monthly contest.
6. Suggestions for changes to the rules for the Monthly Competition may be 
submitted by any current Club member to the Chair of the Competition Committee.
7. Changes to the Monthly Competition rules may be made by a majority vote of 
the Competition Committee and the approval of the Board of Directors.

Tippi Van Doren

From: Mike Mistry <mikemmistry@xxxxxxxxx>
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, April 23, 2012 4:24:11 PM
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category
Hey there guys this is mike, sorry county make it to coleto this past Saturday 
but got tied up @ work. So I was a little confused with all these contests and 
entries for diff level competions and stuff, I had briefly chatted with Jim 
after the meeting and he had explained how since I am new to this I can start 
entering my photos for judging in level 1, so my question was when are the next 
entries due by and what all the categories are that I can particupate in. If 
one of you could explain me a little about how the competions work and stuff I 
would Def appreciate it. Thanks

On Apr 23, 2012 2:11 PM, "PStryk" <pstryk24@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Yes, we added it back this year and changed the category name to Buildings and Structures. There 
were not many entries in "Architecture" in past years but there were a lot of photos 
entered last year that would have easily fit into "Buildings and Structures".

-----Original Message-----
From: vpci-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:vpci-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of 
Charles Gossett
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 1:32 PM
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category

One definition of Architecture is "The art and science of design and erecting 
buildings and other physical structures".
So I assume a bridge would be considered Architecture.
I guess now there won't be any question, making the catagory easier to 
But this is new this year, isn't it?

From: fain.zimmerman@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:19:29 -0500
Subject: [vpci] Re: BS contest category
To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I remember some discussion - I don't really remember why we kept it. Maybe by 
changing the definition we thought it'd get more entries?  I have seen other 
structures - like bridges - entered in architecture. There was an adobe 
structure that placed 2nd in Cuero.


On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Jim Payne <jim@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

If memory serves (which is questionable) there was some discussion RE: Architecture 
noting that that dealt with buildings etc.  Thing like bridges was not considered 
architecture.  This is what I remember of the discussion – maybe someone else 
might have a better recollection.


From: Charles Gossett

Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 9:36 AM

To: vpci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [vpci] BS contest category

I was reading the 2012 contest rules and noticed we have a (BS) category for 
"Buildings and Structures".
Is this new this year? Also, is this any different from "Architecture" that we 
used to have and dropped because of no interest?
I actually have an idea for a shot that I'm going take for this one. I just 
have to get a little kid to be my model first.


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